Legos in our pajamas

Last Friday after Chloe had gotten up from her nap and before her little sister had decided it was time to get up, we spent some time together playing with a Lego set that she had gotten over Christmas. It was a construction set, but with little lego pieces. I had been waiting to upgrade (or downgrade?) to the regular size Lego pieces when I didn't have to worry about little babies eating them and Chloe had enough dexterity to really use them.

Well, after watching her play for a little while, I realized it was time to upgrade our Lego set. We set off to Target and bought a beginner box of Legos and a fun veterinarian set to put together. I was super excited about it and Chloe was too. Putting together the Lego set with instructions pretty much fell on me, but I was happy to do it. The next morning I was still getting some of the set together and we had fun after breakfast playing with Legos together. Both Chris and I really loved Legos as kids, so we're excited to start the tradition with our kids. We're still a long way off from optimal Lego building age, but why not start them young, right?

Messy bedhead and all! Like your style Elinor!

vintage tapestries, Etsy style

vintage french tapestry - AtelierLaRueFound

So why, you might ask, are these old cross-stitch scenes showing up for my regularly scheduled Etsy Thursday blog post? Things you might have seen at your grandmother's house when you were little?

Well, exactly because you might have seen them at your grandmother's house.

What's old is new again!!! Who wants another print from Target when you can have something that's been around a while, can tell you a thing or two about life, or brings back warm memories of yesteryear? I personally love things with a little character and that might be a little rough around the edges. Etsy is a great place to shop for one of a-kind-pieces that can really add character to your space.

windmill tapestry - AtelierLaRueFound

vintage french country scene - TreasuredTapestries

charles wysocki tapestry - HeathersCollectibles

free the calves

Sometimes I'm just dying to wear a pair of loose fitting pants.

Just the other day I was noticing at the grocery store that it's no longer taboo to wear your workout clothes or yoga pants out in public. Even a few years ago I felt more than slightly frumpy wearing my comfy clothes out to grab a couple gallons of milk. Now it seems, more than half of the women you see out and about on a weekend are wearing some form of athletic wear. This isn't an overnight phenomenon, but I feel like the pendulum has really swung wide lately to comfortable (and tight) clothing for women.

I won't even touch on women's attire in other countries besides the United States, I know dress codes vary wildly across the world.

I'm not judging the athleisure wear trend, in fact, most of the time I fully embrace it. But sometimes I yearn for the days of loose pants. Remember how a really great pair of bootcut or trouser style jeans felt? Of course, I'm mostly being facetious, I still own all those styles of pants and wear them occasionally. These days, I tend to grab my old standbys and less the thigh-hugging, calf-strangling, belly-pinching skinny jeans of years past. I've been searching around a bit to find more comfortable options to add to my closet (including dresses!).

1. dress from Modcloth

2. boyfriend jeans from American Eagle (my go-to for cheap, good looking denim)

3. boy jeans from Madewell

4. comfy dress from Sonnet James

5. trekkie pant from Athleta

6. floral trousers from The Loft

back in Colorado

Now that our little family has moved back to Colorado, we're trying to shake off the feelings of loss from moving and get excited about where we live now.

So first, let's have a little history lesson. When you first met me (first blog post, yikes!) we were living in Denver, had just had our first baby, and were really enjoying the city and mountains. We were first time parents, so there were a lot of posts like this...

Flash forward to 2014, we had the opportunity to move back to Montana. My husband and I both went to college there and we wanted to move closer to our family. Now that we had one daughter and another one on the way, we felt it would be nice to have a support system close by. The idea of living a slower life with more open space really appealed to us. And we were able to live there for two years.

Well, as the saying goes, 'the best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry'. The office where I was working closed its doors and asked most folks to transfer. So here we are, back in Denver, Colorado.

Now that we are back, we are re-discovering all the things we loved about living in Colorado. Many of them we haven't even had a chance to do yet because of all the unpacking and new house projects we've taken on. Today I wanted to share a quick list of the things we really want to try and do now that we get a second chance at this Colorado adventure.

> drive to Moab (it's only 6 hours away!)

> hike another 14er or two (a 14,000' peak)

> go see more concerts at Red Rocks or any of the other awesome music venues in Denver

> get up into the mountains more (while trying to avoid peak traffic)

> schedule more date nights

and last, but not least

> travel more! flights out of Denver are much cheaper than Billings, MT

Any more suggestions for us? I know there are many, many more things that Colorado has to offer, so I'm anxious to get to know more about this state!

what to wear this week

Happy Monday everyone! Here are some fun yellow accents to add to your mid-February wardrobe. If it's not sunny and bright outside, at least you can bring a little sunshine with you all day!

all that cliche stuff

Happy Valentines Day! This is a holiday that's reviled by some and LOVED by others. I'm somewhere in the middle, which makes it okay to celebrate it, or not.

Today we're going to school with Chloe to help hand out her valentines to her classmates. I'm excited about it because she is SO excited about it. I remember distinctly handing out valentines and getting them at my desk in elementary school. We always decorated a tissue box and waited to see what kind of cool Valentines we would get from our friends and classmates. Luckily my daughter is still too young to care about which Valentines she might get from which boys, thank goodness. Heaven help me when that day comes. I'm going to be a mess.

I hope you either celebrate the heck out of this day (chocolate, flowers, wine, etc.) or ignore all those silly things and have a wonderful day despite all of that cliche stuff!

FYI, today I finally got a 2016 photo book put together. Shutterfly is my go-to website for photo books. Here is a referral code (here) if you are interested in making your own!

happy 2nd birthday

Happy 2nd Birthday to our youngest, miss Elinor! Oh my, look how you've grown!!! Thanks for bringing the goofy vibe to our house. Your little dance moves and side eyes always crack us up. Thank you for keeping Chloe in line, even when she doesn't need it. Thank you for always requesting mac and cheese, even when we didn't know we needed it.

And though she be but little, she is fierce

Love you forever!

my Friday night lights

See below for direct links

If you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you'll notice that lately my pins have turned into a lighting fixtures greatest hits. I'll admit I'm a bit obsessed with light fixtures. I don't know how it happened or if I got bit by a strange spider one night, but now it's probably on the top of my list for every house we've lived in since 2010 (three houses ago).

Truth be told, I spend a lot of time looking at light fixtures. Today I thought I'd share some of my favorites and some tips and tricks for finding good deals.

1. Monticello Circular Iron Frame Chandelier, Shades of Light: Wooden beads on light fixtures are having a real moment. They are a great (and cheaper) option than crystals. The light fixtures end up weighing less and have a more bohemian vibe than the same piece decked out with crystals.

2. Capiz Honeycomb Chandelier, Serena and Lilly: Serena and Lilly have some really lovely and really unique light fixtures. My recommendation though is find something you like and then scour the internet for a cheaper version. Capiz is a unique material (a type of sea shell), but I always double check Amazon for similar styles at more reasonable prices.

3. Mobile Chandelier, West Elm: I have put this light fixture up over our breakfast nook table in two consecutive houses. I really, really love this light. It's modern, but cool enough to mix it up with your more traditional decor items. Highly recommend this one!

4. Dainolite 6 Light Chandelier, Overstock: I love the look of this Chandelier, but I would definitely shop around for a more reasonable price. It's a beauty though!

5. Pelle Chandelier, West Elm: Ever since I saw Happily Eva After put this light into her master bedroom, I've been peeking in on it on a regular basis. It's a modern (or Mod) design, but for the right room, it would look fabulous. This one is worth the price tag, in my opinion.

6. Bali Goldtone 22 light Chandelier, Overstock: Holy lights batman. This light fixture could probably light up a ballroom, much less a dining room. It's stunning, funky, and definitely a design statement. I would be cautious of the wattage you put into each of those 22 outlets though...

7. Chandelier with Wood Beads, Amazon: The next time you see this light, it will most likely be hanging in our master bedroom. I'm really digging the beads, the price point, and the overall look of this fixture. It's a little french countryside, a touch shabby chic, and a bit bohemian. Sign me up.

Here is a quick list of my favorite spots for finding fabulous fixtures:

West Elm
Shades of Light
Home Depot

And as always, shop the sales!